Top Ad
I DIG Radio
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Staal bros. don't wear Panthers' Pride jerseys

Written by 
Published in Hockey
Thursday, 23 March 2023 18:55

Brothers Eric and Marc Staal, who both play for the Florida Panthers, did not participate in the pregame skate Thursday night because they declined to wear the team's LGBTQIA+ Pride Night warmup sweaters, citing their religious beliefs.

The brothers were in the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs, as they also were participants during team's morning skate.

"After many thoughts, prayers and discussions we have chosen not to wear a pride night jersey tonight," the brothers said in a statement released by the Panthers. "We carry no judgement on how people choose to live their lives, and believe that all people should be welcome in all aspects of the game of hockey. Having said that, we feel that by us wearing a pride jersey it goes against our Christian beliefs.

"We hope you can respect this statement, we will not be speaking any further on this matter and would like to continue to focus on the game and helping the Florida Panthers win the Stanley Cup."

Their decision to not wear Pride Night warmup sweaters is the latest development in what has become one of the most polarizing topics in the NHL this season. On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that the Chicago Blackhawks would not wear Pride-themed warmup sweaters before their Sunday home game against the Vancouver Canucks because of security concerns involving a Russian law that expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGTBQIA+ rights in the nation.

"I can understand [why people are upset] when things are announced one way and then changed," Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy told the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday. "But I hope that people understand we all support them. Whether it's someone in the gay community or someone in any other community ... we hope that everyone feels welcome in our arenas and watching us and even part of the game and wanting to play. That's the big message we hope can stay true."

Last Saturday, San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer sat out warmups when the team held its Pride Night. Reimer also cited his religious beliefs and stated, "I am choosing not to endorse something that is counter to my personal convictions which are based on the Bible, the highest authority in my life. I strongly believe that every person has value and worth and the LGTBQIA+ community, like all others, should be welcomed in all aspects of the game of hockey."

Back in January, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov didn't participate in pregame skate, also citing his religious beliefs. Provorov said he wanted "to stay true to myself and my religion," which he identified as Russian Orthodox.

The Minnesota Wild and the New York Rangers were also among the teams that indicated they would wear special jerseys for their Pride Nights this season only to then opt out of wearing them before their games. The Wild announced a charity auction for their sweaters, while the Rangers sent an announcement to their season-ticket holders.

Read 61 times


Brazil files FIFA complaint over U20 WC racism

Brazil files FIFA complaint over U20 WC racism

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Wednesday said it has filed a protest with world gover...

Tielemans to leave Leicester following relegation

Tielemans to leave Leicester following relegation

Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans announced Wednesday he will be leaving Leicester City following t...

Sources: City in talks to sign Chelsea's Kovacic

Sources: City in talks to sign Chelsea's Kovacic

Manchester City are in talks to sign Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea, sources have told ESPN.ESPN reporte...


Wembanyama could open summer in Sacramento

Wembanyama could open summer in Sacramento

DENVER -- Victor Wembanyama's NBA summer debut might come in Sacramento.The San Antonio Spurs, who h...

Jackson Jr. to stay in draft after UConn title run

Jackson Jr. to stay in draft after UConn title run

UConn junior guard Andre Jackson Jr. -- an immense part of the Huskies' run to the national champion...


Injured Yankees trio could return vs. Dodgers

Injured Yankees trio could return vs. Dodgers

SEATTLE -- Yankees manager Aaron Boone said "it's definitely in play," that the trio of Josh Donalds...

Power surge: Ohtani, Trout electrify L.A. with HRs

Power surge: Ohtani, Trout electrify L.A. with HRs

CHICAGO -- Shohei Ohtani homered in consecutive innings, including a 459-foot shot that is his longe...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation
  • NFL

    Nactional Football Leagues
  • FISB

    Federation Internationale de Speedball

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.r


Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.